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Hands down, this is the funniest film I've seen all year. French character actor Artus de Penguern (best known in the States as Hipolito the writer in Amelie) makes his feature-directing debut with this 2001 rip-off of Martin Scorsese's After Hours, and though it's not quite as dark as its New York predecessor, its ironic sensibility, cruel slapstick, and perverse twists of fate are consistently hilarious. De Penguern plays the title character, a hapless office drone who falls in love with the beautiful ballet instructor (Pascale Arbillot) he spies in a dance studio across the street. Desperate to meet her, he lifts her wallet in a restaurant, telephones to tell her he's found it, and arranges an evening rendezvous to return it. But then he's locked out of his office with the wallet inside, and his attempts to rescue the situation lead to a series of misadventures involving the police, an irate cabdriver, a spurned lover, a couple of predatory swingers, a quartet of violent soccer fans, and a suicidally romantic woman. In French with subtitles. 90 min. Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Monday, December 9, 7:00, and Thursday, December 12, 9:00; 773-281-4114.

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